It’s “Becoming an Outdoors-Woman” Time of Year

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**UPDATE** THE NEXT BOW WORKSHOP IS SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 3-5, 2017

Registration is scheduled to open January 4, 2017 @ 6PM.
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It’s that time of year again.  Just 3 weeks away from the Alabama – Becoming an Outdoors-Woman weekend event.  Twice a year the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) sponsored event takes place at the 4-H Center near Columbiana, Ala.  This year I get to go free, on a scholarship that I won at the event in March.  This will be my 4th trip and each time I love it!  If you want to know more please visit this LINK and start planning for March 2017.  Each event is limited to about 125 like minded women who enjoy the outdoors.
Archery I Class

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Archery I Class
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Genealogy Research – Calhoun County Alabama

When doing genealogy research on my own family tree I sometimes come across information I feel like others may need to see also. Maybe there is another family out there doing research that hasn’t found these little details that I have stumbled across. This week I found an article in the Jacksonville Republican, a newspaper that was published during the 1800’s in Jacksonville, Alabama.
WH_Jeffers_Obit_Jacksonville_Republican_1890 Jacksonville Republican Newspaper – Jacksonville, Alabama
12 April 1890 – Page 2
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DEATH OF MR. W. H. JEFFERS.
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A Valuable Citizen Has Breathed His Last.

Mr. William Henry Jeffers died at his home on Mulberry street, last night at 7:30 o’clock. He was stricken with paralysis while at work in his office a couple of weeks since and never rallied.
He as born in Hamburg, S. C., on the 8th of September, 1837, and died on the 8th day of April, 1890. During the Confederate war Mr. Jeffers, assisted by Capt. Trenholm, organized the Rutledge Mounted Riflemen and joined Hamptons Legion. He surrendered at the head of the squadron at Appomattox, and witnessed the greeting of Generals Grant and Lee. He was always noted for his coolness and bravery. He was one of South Carolina’s most gallant soldiers and leaders during the war. He was a Southern gentleman of the old school and since 1867 a consistent christian and member of the Baptist church. He came to Anniston in 1874 and at first did business for the Woodstock Iron Company. He as elected clerk and treasurer of the city in 1883 and was holding that responsible position at the time of his death.
He married a daughter of Dr. Jenkins, in Newberry, S. C., in 1868, and was the father of ten children, six of them living.–Anniston Hot Blast

Chicken Tractor Build Complete!

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Chicken Tractor Build is done!  We started this adventure on Labor Day and worked on it pretty much on weekends and occasionally during the weeks.
Next, chickens!  No roosters though.  Stay tuned!

If you want to see more from the build I have an album of photos here: Chicken Tractor Build 2015
Are you are interested in how I came up with the design? It’s based on the Kerr Center Chicken Tractor design, but I did make several modifications along the way. http://kerrcenter.com/publication/kerr-center-chicken-tractor-1-0-description-parts-list/

Can Cooking! – Conecuh Sausage and Veggies

Easy sausage and vegetable recipe for home, camping or tailgating! This easy recipe was completed by using a CanCooker Jr.  A CanCooker cooks things fast and there is only one pot to wash when dinner is ready.  Not sure what a CanCooker is?  Check here:

Ingredients: Spray the inside of the can with a non stick spray. Place 14oz water into the bottom of the cooker. Cut up vegetables into 1 inch chunks.

Red potatoes, carrots, Vidalia onion and sausage. Top with salt, pepper and Balsamic Vinaigrette Salad Dressing.

Red potatoes, carrots, Vidalia onion and sausage. Top with salt, pepper and Balsamic Vinaigrette Salad Dressing.

I used: Red skin potato (skin on), carrots, Vidalia onion. Cut up one link sausage (i.e. Conecuh if you can get it) and place on top of the veggies. Salt and pepper everything in the cooker. Pour over veggies and meat: 1/2 bottle Basic Vinaigrette Salad Dressing.

Put the cooker on the heat source (stove top, camp fire, etc). Heat until liquid is boiling and steam is coming out of the vent on the cooker. Reduce to med/high heat and let steam for 30 minutes.

CanCooker! Carefully open the cooker and watch for any steam that may want to escape.

CanCooker! Carefully open the cooker and watch for any steam that may want to escape.

Toss the veggies and sausage in the liquid that remained in the cooker.

Toss the veggies and sausage in the liquid that remained in the bottom of the cooker.

After 30 minutes remove from heat, and let stand for 5 minutes. Carefully open, and beware of any steam still in the cooker. Enjoy!

Quick and easy! Less mess!

Quick and easy! Less mess!

Just think. Now you can do all the veggie chopping at home before you head out for a weekend of camping. Bag everything up and when it’s time to prepare dinner just dump everything in the CanCooker, top with the dressing, add liquid of your choice to the bottom of the cooker and cook! Enjoy!